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Ernesto Peña Alonso

Ernesto Peña, PhD, is an Associate Teaching Professor and the Coordinator of the Master of Science in Information Design and Data Visualization in Vancouver. Ernesto’s collective teaching experience spans over 20 years, encompassing Mexico, his home country, and Canada, where he has lived and worked since 2012. Both his scholarship and teaching approach emphasize interdisciplinary perspectives and knowledge mobilization. Ernesto’s academic work has been published in journals such as the Journal of Visual Literacy, Visible Language, Leonardo, Design Issues, InfoDesign, and Convergence. His research interests include, but are not limited to, Digital Humanities, Semiotics, Transmediation, and Glitch.

Before joining CAMD/Northeastern University, Ernesto served as Director of Research for a Vancouver-based financial technology startup and was an Adjunct Professor in the Masters in Educational Technology program at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

Research/Publications Highlights

Peña, E., & James, K. (2023). A framework of transmediation. Convergence, 0(0).

Peña, E., & Dobson, T. M. (2021). The lost years of visual literacy. Journal of Visual Literacy, 40(1), 1–14.

Peña, E. (2020). Font Remix (A Metadesign). Design Issues ; 36 (2): 58–71. doi:

Peña, E., & James, K. (2020). Raw Harmonies: Transmediation through Raw Data. Leonardo, 53 (2): 183–188. doi:


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  • PhD, Langauge and Literacy Education, Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia